Xamarin is a Microsoft-owned San Francisco, California-based software company founded in May 2011 by the engineers that created Mono, Mono for Android and MonoTouch that are cross-platform implementations of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) and Common Language Specifications (often called Microsoft .NET).
With a C#-shared codebase, developers can use Xamarin tools to write native Android, iOS, and Windows apps with native user interfaces and share code across multiple platforms. Over 1 million developers use Xamarin’s products in more than 120 countries around the world as of May 2015.
On February 24, 2016, Microsoft announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Xamarin.
Xamarin has several features to it.
Framework. It use the open source mono framework, which is an implementation of the .net framework on multiple non windows operating systems.
Language. They have created/used the mono compilers for c# and f# and used them to compile apps written for ios, android, and a few other platforms.
Framework bindings. Ios, android, and others have native APIs that developers use to call. Xamarin has created framework bindings to all c# /f# to call this APIs.
Ide plugins. You can use xamarin studio or visual studio to create apps just by hitting the build and run key sequence. You get back compile time errors and warnings just like every other compilation sequence.
Design surfaces. They have created ios and android design surfaces for xamarin studio as well as visual studio.
I’m sure that there are other things that I have forgotten that they do.
why we should choose xamarin :
9 Reasons to Choose Xamarin for Mobile App Development..
Today world is moving towards mobile applications for each need. People have easy access to computing devices while on the go in the form of mobiles. Increasing performance of mobile devices, connectivity, and capacities have made mobiles in-thing.
Mobile app download data in 2012 was around 65 million and today in 2016; it is crossing mark of 225 million. Increased demands of mobile apps have pushed mobile app development industry to find new ways to deliver excellent mobile applications swiftly without compromise in expected quality.
It has given birth to the cross-platform app development frameworks. The journey began with Titanium, and then PhoneGap came in the picture, and now so many web technology based frameworks are in existence and serving to some extent.
Unfortunately, web technologies have severe limitations against object-oriented Objective-C and Java of Android. Of course, Microsoft technologies are capable of delivering the same, and it is C#, which can meet our expectations.
Therefore, Xamarin cross-platform framework came into existence to ease the life of Microsoft technology fans, which is itself a huge community across the globe. However, debates are going on when the selection of cross-platform technology is in question, and Xamarin seems clear winner from developers as well as business owners’ perspectives.
Here are 9 reasons, which we can place in favor of Xamarin for mobile app development:
1: Native Experiences Are Winner
Today we have browser-based pure Web Apps with faint native experiences i.e. access to native device hardware and OS features. Cross-platform frameworks use basic web development technologies falling in between the web app and pure native experiences.
Therefore, the thirst for native-like user experiences and performance persists in the cross-platform framework market. Xamarin Studio (IDE) enables coding in C#, which is a pure object-oriented programming language that can compete Objective-C and Java paradigms.
Against that, C# cut efforts and gives better performance at native level.
2: True Cross-platform Characteristics
Xamarin offers app logic shared across multiple platforms. It offers to share application logic underlying the UI layer such as input validation, calls for web services, interactions with databases, and backend integration.
If you develop all these using C# in Xamarin, you can share 2/3 of code across the various mobile OS platforms. It is only 1/3 native code compatibility to manage. It ultimately saves a good deal of time and efforts for debugging, recording, and in code creeps.
3: Seamless API Integration Capability
Native mobile platforms are constantly evolving with each update and upgrades are frequent. For instance, device and OS updates are annual and regular phenomena in iOS while Android has myriads of device manufacturers and unpredictable OS updates.
Therefore, gaining support for newly released features on devices as well as operating systems are crucial in the cross-platform framework and fortunately, Xamarin has the capability to do it.
Technically, Xamarin is capable of binding APIs and UI controls using Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.Mac which is with the same capacities of native platforms. Its Portable Class Libraries (PCL), and suitable application architecture enables Xamarin to share code across all mobile platforms.
Thus, with unique binding technology, Xamarin provides links for the latest support packages for iOS and Android releases.
4: Easy Collaboration & Sharing
Xamarin has rich component store with free and paid components including
Third party web services
Developers can share such components with a few lines of code and establish easy sharing and collaboration for high-end cross-platform app development right into Xamarin Studio and in Visual Studio with Xamarin extension.
5: Coding Advantages of C#
C# is easy to learn, comprehensive, flexible, modern, general-purpose, and type-safe pure object-oriented programming languages for all.
C# allows simple data types to be treated as objects hence, reduce tons of coding efforts. C# displays flowed program behavior with type-safety properties to prevent type errors. It is doing so without any help of boilerplate or verbose type annotations.
Moreover, C# eliminates the use of pointers and headers as well as namespace and reference operators are replaced by a period. It also allows making of asynchronous programming breeze along with ASP.NET framework.
Conclusively, C# is better programming language against other cross-platform technologies.
6: Easy Availability of Developers
Microsoft has huge developer community being an older web and desktop software technology pioneer. Therefore, developers for Xamarin are plenty. Moreover, learning C# is easy and quick process compared to other cross-platform scripts.
Easy availability of developers means high competition that immediately reduces the rates of development without affecting the quality of outputs.
7: Supports Platform Uniqueness
Technically, iOS and Android have distinct UI and SDK feature align to platform characteristics of appearance and behavior. These features are central to exert native app feelings.
If any cross-platform framework hides the platform uniqueness, it loses the native app feeling and acts as foreign to the platform with conflicts and distractions.
Fortunately, Xamarin embraces the unique features of every platform instead of opposing it, as it happens in the case of many popular cross-platform technologies.
Moreover, Xamarin includes iOS and Android-specific.NET classes so it can share core logic of programs across the other platforms such as iOS and Android easily. It enables Xamarin apps to take advantages of the uniqueness of each platform.
8: Rapid Development
If you think Xamarin is giving native-like user experiences and access to the native hardware as well as software features, it may take tons of efforts and time in programming, binding, and eployment. It is wrong, as it gives rapid app development with the shortest timeline.
It is because you need not go for native coding, SDK, and development environment with native expertise on hands. You just code once in C# and some binding code for respective native packages, you have done to ship the app. No repeat coding, designing, and testing endeavors are essential with Xamarin.
Since you need not invest in the development of native infrastructure for iOS, Android, and Windows separately and no hiring separate team of native app developers with big pay scales, Xamarin is an obvious winner at cost efficiencies.
With a single team of Xamarin developers, you need to code once and deploy on all the main mobile platforms with seamless user experiences.
After weighing distinct advantages of Xamarin, you definitely love to work with it. If you are lucky enough and can get experienced Xamarin development team with some hands-on expertise in iOS as well as Android along with C# and other Microsoft technologies, your work quality would be far better with rapid development.
Fortunately, Perception System has .NET developers with C# expertise in adequate numbers along with proven success, so you can get a highly experienced team of Xamarin developers at competitive rates, of course, with best client experiences!